The new presidency: The civilisational challenge

Pompeo says human rights come from Jesus Christ. Yet he has cosied up to barbarous regimes and he approves unaccountable secret prisons and mass surveillance of the entire world’s telephones. When he was the director of the CIA, he admitted that his spies “lied … cheated … stole." He also backed the US withdrawal from the United Nations Human Rights Council. It is in that rogue organisation, our very patriotic Mangala Samaraweera co-sponsored with the US, a resolution against his own country. As their own publications reveal, in their recent wars, the US and its Western allies have killed millions of innocents and are only using human rights discourse as a soft power weapon.

By Dr. Susantha Goonatilake

President Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s swearing-in at Ruwanveliseya marked a civilisational direction. Ruwanveliseya is the symbolic centre of Theravada (original) Buddhism, and the city is celebrated in South East Asia. Original Buddhism, in the words of both...

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